Like love, space is a battlefield, and if you’re a Guardian of that realm, you need a proper ship to navigate the intergalactic mines. And a proper ship demands a proper name. So after the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 found our heroes down a Milano, it’s no surprise they commandeered another worthy ride, or that James Gunn has hit us with his best shot in the naming category.
According to a Tweet from the ever-sharing director, the Guardians of the Galaxy’s new ship, which they flew in the galactically-sized Avengers: Infinity War, is properly named The Benatar, and oh what a heartbreaker she is.
If you’ll recall at the end of GOTG Vol. 2, Peter Quill’s ship, the Milano, suffered heavy damage, and he had to ditch the trusty ship he’d been flying since 1988, when Yondu kidnapped the 10-year-old pre-Star Lord. That was about the time he (like every other pre-adolescent boy in America) was cementing a forever-crush on Alyssa Milano, the namesake for said ship, the actress who played Sam, Tony’s daughter on the hit ‘80s sitcom Who’s the Boss.
So it’s certainly understandable why Quill would name his new ship after Pat Benatar, another ‘80s icon, one with a million hits – “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Heartbreaker” – who could rock the tiger stripes off a purple leotard, whose style was so influential that not one but three kids at Ridgemont High cultivated her look.
Speaking of looks, have a gander at The Benatar in action, when Thor gets a close up of her windshield in Infinity War:
She certainly looks "Invincible," doesn’t she? (Sorry, but it would be a serious injustice to not mention Pat Benatar’s previously most important contribution to cinema: the themesong to The Legend of Billie Jean, starring a post-Supergirl Helen Slater and a pre-Gleaming the Cube Christian Slater.)
For the record, The Benatar isn’t the ship that Peter and crew flew out of the wreckage of GOTG 2. That would be The Eclector Quadrant, which the Guardians apparently still have in their possession in some strange corner of the galaxy…
Obviously, The Benatar is a much catchier name. And sure, there are no promises, no demands, but it sure sounds like she and the Guardians belong together.